Recently I’ve been trying out some new beauty products that I wanted to share with you all! Normally I save posts like these for when I have tried and tested a product so that I can give a thorough review but sometimes I buy things that don’t end up making it to the full review round. Often times the most you hear of a product is when I haul it, so I thought this would be a good way to share with you what I think after the first use.

Real Techniques Miracle Sponge

There will definitely be a full review on this later but my initial impression of it is that it’s amazing! I’m a huge fan of RT brushes, so I had high expectations with their sponge; regardless of people’s thoughts in comparison to the beauty blender. It does soak up a lot of product but I love that for when I’ve applied a little too much of something.

Glamglow Thirstymud Mask

San Francisco has been quite chilly lately, which is not helpful for my desert dry skin so I decided to get this for a little pick me up. I’ve heard amazing things about Glamglow so I was eager to sample the hydrating mask. I love the fact that it has no discoloration and is relatively thin compared to my previous experiences with masks. I have found that I need to apply some lotion afterwards, but that’s probably because I only leave it on for 20 mins. I’ve heard that people who leave it on all night have better results.

Glamglow Youthmud Mask

I went into to purchase the white mask, but they didn’t have the sample version so I bought the black one instead. I’m not sure If I left it on for too long (20 mins) or if the mask is just too harsh for my skin, but when I rinsed it off I had red spots on my forehead and parts of my cheeks. They looked like mini welts on my face. I’m assuming it was an allergic reaction that I had and two days later I broke out. I still want to use it, but I probably will apply it as a spot treatment instead of all over my face.

Marc Jacobs Decadence

My last Marc Jacobs fragrance was a little disappointing. I spent a whopping $80 on daisy dream only to find out that it has absolutely no staying power. Maybe it’s the mixture with my body chemistry, or maybe the scent is too light and airy, but either way it made me weary to buy another fragrance. This time I decided to try a stronger warmer scent. It definitely is distinctive but it’s slowly growing on me. The fact that it comes in the shape of a handbag is an added bonus!

That’s it for this round of first impressions! Feel free to comment below on anything that you’ve tried!

Kierra Lee

 

 

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I’m one of those people who plans everything out. I establish a to-do list every day, with a detailed itinerary on what my goals are and how to finish them. Sometimes I spend so much time planning that I don’t actually end up doing anything. Crazy how that could happen right? Over time I’ve had to develop little ways to get myself to actually be productive. I figured I would share them with you all in case you could use them too!

Turn the lights on

This may seem obvious, but I personally like to work in dim lit environments; especially when I first wake up in the morning. I light a candle and easeeee into my day, but on days I have a lot to do I’m more productive when I turn the light on. You’ll notice that when the sun is out it inspires people to be more active, as opposed to when the weather is dark and gloomy.

I have the lights on right now- in case you were wondering.

Sit at a desk

I loveeeee my bed. Especially in the cold winter months, I would rather have my fleece sheets than a hard chair. I must admit though that sitting upright makes getting things done a lot easier. You’re less prone to laying in bed and taking a nap mid day (guilty) or letting Netflix mind control you while you aimlessly sit in bed doing nothing. Trust me, we have all been there….

Create the right environment

If the two options listed above aren’t available to you in your home then go some place else where you know will thrive. In the summer months, I love to work outside. I remember when I was in college being in a library could be so stifling. My allergies usually meant I couldn’t stay outside for long but nonetheless, I got a lot of work done. For others, it may be Starbucks, library, or a local restaurant. Whatever that environment is, utilize it!

Utilize time efficiently

My commute can be long and tiresome. However, it is idle time with wifi access that could be used to be productive. If you feel like there is never enough hours in the day then this is where you can steal some extra time! If you’re at work and have a canceled meeting, use it as some time to catch up on something that may have normally been put on the back burner. If you’re on the elliptical at the gym, bring something that you could read (for me it’s blog posts). You’d be amazed at how much idle time you may have in a day!

I know that sometimes we all need to take a break and unplug for the day, but these are just some tips on how to manage your time effectively and accomplish your daily goals. I hope they help you as much as they do me!

Kierra Lee

 

 

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april goals

Every month I set new goals for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I have new year resolutions too, but I think there is something healthy and refreshing about having short-term goals. I’m somebody that tends to move from idea to idea, new adventure to new adventure, so this is my little way of keeping myself entertained!

Crack down on fitness

I have fitness goals, very reasonable fitness goals, but for some reason, I always end up talking myself out of them. I set a plan in motion and by the time I get home I’m too tired to do anything else but crawl in bed. So I decided, instead of working out after I’ve commuted home, that it would be a good idea to work out without going home first. Typically I come home after my 1hr 15 bus ride, unwind for the day and then head to the gym. Sometimes my “unwinding” ends up with me not going to the gym at all. So instead I’ve decided to pack my gym clothes in the car so that I don’t have to go home first after work. Hopefully, without the added of distraction of being home I’ll be more diligent with my routine!

Teeth Whitening

Random I know…I’ve spent years perfecting my teeth (thanks to my nasty habit of sucking my thumb), but I’ve never understood how people could spend 100’s, and sometimes thousands on whitening remedies. There are so many affordable options nowadays that I’m excited to try some at home whitening tricks before I go cashing out the big bucks. Don’t get me wrong, my teeth aren’t disgustingly yellow or anything but I mean who doesnt want pearly white teeth?

Consistency with my Blog

I have several posts in the vault but no time to organize and set them up for scheduling! It’s frustrating because my work week is so slammed that I can only work on the blog during the weekends. I have to utilize every moment (currently watching a movie and blogging as we speak) just to get things done on time. I don’t want to throw things up on the site just to have content, but I promise that some new and fun things are coming your way!

What are some of your monthly goals?

Kierra Lee

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Every girl that does her makeup needs to have an ” I can’t leave my face bare but I don’t have enough time for full glam routine” or in other words something that takes less than 10 minutes to do. I think any good routine starts with great healthy skin. If you want to be able to leave the house in a hurry you need a good base to work with.

When Im in a rush the first step I skip is applying foundation; simply because I’ve taken care of my skin that I dont actually need foundation. I head straight for my fit me concealer since its creamy, blendable and the most natural looking out of my collectionI try to stay away from anything that is too light because it takes more time for me blend out.

Next up are my eyebrows, which I spend all of a half of a second on. I was blessed with great eyebrows, shout-out to my mom for that one, and so I usually only need a quick run through with my spoolie and I’m done. If I had more time I would do my full brow routine but since this is all supposed to be under 10 minutes I like to focus my attention on more pressing things.

The only thing I do with my eyes is apply mascara, two to be exact. I’m still learning how to work with eyeshadow and it’s not something I have time to play with when I’m in a rush. Sometimes I apply eyeliner but for the most part, I stick with just the mascara.

Now comes the easy part, applying blush and highlighting. My favorite everyday blush is raizen by Mac and I reach for it whenever I’m short on time. It looks great on my skin, and it’s extremely buildable so I never have to worry about adding too much and then being stuck with having to fix all the extra blush on my face. My go to highighter is the cream version of Becca Opal. It is such a pretty color and it has the just the right amount of shine to give you a natural glow. I like using the cream because it sets into my skin easily and I dont have to worry about getting powdery glitter all over my face.

To warm up my face a bit I use my mac blush in blunt. I prefer my cream contour kit by ABH but it requres me to use mutiple brushes and takes a while to blend properly. I apply mac blunt on the hollows of my cheeks, my forehead and under my chin. After that I apply a lipstick (my current favorites are the ultra matte lips by colourpop) and I’m all set to go!

Which products do you use for your quick everyday makeup routine?

Kierra Lee

 

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Fall or dare I say the W word….winter… is my favorite time of year. We don’t really get a “W” in SF (although they say we are had an El Nino) but it does get pretty chilly and we get a few drops of rain   despite California’s ridiculously long drought. As beautiful as it is and as cozy as I dress, I realize that rain can often make you smell a little…muggy. I take my showers at night, so in the morning, I usually rely on my signature oils, which I’m now finding out are a more summa time thing. So I wanted to buy a new fragrance, something I could wear in winter that would add freshness, and that could also transition to spring!

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I’m a research fanatic and normally my first line of defense is youtube but since you can’t “smell” a fragrance through the computer I decided to just skip that step and head straight to Sephora. Talk about overwhelming! That wall of fragrance feels endless for a new buyer like me. I had no loyalties to a particular brand, and reviews didn’t really help much so I was flying blind. Luckily the scent section at my local Sephora is usually the least populated and was able to get an associate to help me.

I was finally able to narrow it down, between two marc jacobs fragrances. The sales associate had me spray both fragrances on (one on each arm and then walk around the store for 15 minutes). Since fragrances smell differently based on your body chemistry she wanted to make sure whichever one I got would actually smell good on me, not just out the bottlr. I loved both of them but I wanted something that would look good on my mantel (yep I bought it for the packaging) so I went with Daisy for its pretty white flowers. Despite its adorable packaging it is a very beautiful fragrance. It’s light and airy, with just the right amount of sweet and it is exactly what I need to smell refreshing in the morning.

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I’ll probably have this for a while, but I’m already looking to buy the other Marc Jacobs fragrance. I love the daisy but its light airy scent has very minimal lasting power. I’m realizing that cooler fragrances don’t gel well with my chemistry so I’ve had to start exploring warmer scents.

If you have any suggestions leave them below!

Kierra Lee

 

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